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Standing Jizo Bosatsu

early 11th century

Single block of cypress wood with linen, gesso, lacquer, and gilding

52 3/8 in. (133 cm) base: 10 5/8 in. (27 cm)
Gift of Rosemarie and Leighton R. Longhi, B.A. 1967
2012.71.12
Important in East Asian Buddhist practices and known in Japanese as Jizō, Kshitigarbha is the Bodhisattva of the Earth Womb and is revered as a protector who relieves suffering and saves souls from hell. Unlike other bodhisattvas, he is depicted wearing monastic clothing and often holds a wish-granting jewel in his upraised left hand.
Geography: 
Japan
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Japanese
Period: 
Heian period (794–1185)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Yabumoto Soshiro Collection before Rosemarie and Leighton Longhi Collection

Bibliography: 

Kaisho Kinen: Heian Mokucho ten, exh. cat. (Tokyo: Tokyo Kokuritsu Bunkazai Kenkyujo, 1968), 3, no. 4, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.